While I was in a Target the other day, I spied several different kinds and colors of Duck Tape on display. Using the 10 yard size as a standard, I found the following:
Old-fashioned silver duct tape $3.37
Other colors $3.37
Hello Kitty duct tape $6.00
Monkey duct tape $6.00
UT (Tennessee) duct tape $6.67
Now duct tape, and Duck brand duct tape, is a good, useful product, and I use it. As a self-respecting Southerner, but maybe not the conventional kind, I also use WD-40. But I find it amazing that people would repair something with duct tape carrying their preferred school's logo. And pay more than DOUBLE the base rate price to do so.
Can there be a clearer example of tacky fandom gone wild?
And I got that sinking feeling: Is there Auburn or Alabama duct tape out there? Do we have fans out there in the Yellowhammer State as demented as those people who voluntarily tog out in Dreamsicle orange each Fall?
The horror! The horror! We do. As a matter of fact, most of the SEC is represented.
A consolation. UNA is not represented. I don't know whether this is due to latent good taste despite the D1 aspirations, or the duct tape people simply overlooking it. Even at my age, I need my delusions!